Craigslist said today it has not been able to verify the veracity of accusations made by two women who claimed in newspapers advertisements that they had been sold for sex through the site. Last week, the women identifying themselves as former child prostitutes took out a half- advertisement in the Washington Post urging Craigslist founder Craig Newmark to shut down the site's adult services section.
But Craigslist disputed the "Dear Craig" allegations made by "MC and AK," as they were identified in the ad, and in a response published on Monday asked them to come forward with more details. We have been unable thus far to identify police reports matching the crimes you describe.
If Craigslist was misused, we want to learn more so we can improve our preventative measures. If anyone committing such crimes has not yet been apprehended and prosecuted, we want to do everything in our power to assist the police in making that happen.
You can send the information to legal craigslist. We work with law enforcement to bring to justice any criminals foolish enough to incriminate themselves by misusing our site, and want to make sure everything possible has been done in your cases. Buckmaster called Craigslist "one of the few bright spots and success stories in the critical fight against trafficking and child exploitation" adding that "even politicians looking to advance their careers by publicly criticizing us grudgingly admit when pressed that we have made giant strides" in fighting trafficking and child exploitation.
But critics say Craigslist still has not done enough to prevent sex traffickers from using the site. They are likely to seize on s like the one the year-old "MC" wrote about in the advertisement.
They are of making my own arrangements on Craigslist to be sold for sex, and answering as many as possible for fear of beatings and ice water baths. He has covered technology and business for more than 25 years, working at CBSNews.
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